Local wine enthusiasts will gather Friday, Oct. 25 to toast this year’s medalists at the Loudoun Wineries Association’s 5thannual awards dinner, and find out which of the 14 gold medal winners will be named best in show with the Chairman’s Award.  

            “The Loudoun Wine Awards program is an integral part of the Loudoun Wineries Association’s efforts to continually elevate and celebrate our industry,” said Aimee Henkle, chairwoman of the Loudoun Wineries Association and co-owner of The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek. “We encourage everyone to join us at the Awards Dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of our industry and enjoy the amazing wines and variety we have to offer.”

            In addition to the Chairman’s Award, the association will recognize the best-in-class by varietal category, Winemaker of the Year, Winegrower of the Year, and Wine Ambassador of the Year. 

            Nine Loudoun wineries took home 14 gold medals, with 50 West Vineyards, 868 Estate Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyards, Doukenie Winery and October One Vineyards winning two apiece. 

            Fabbioli Cellars, Greenhill Winery, Maggie Malick Wine Caves and Zephaniah Vineyards also were awarded gold medals in this year’s competition, which is organized by the Loudoun Wineries Association. More than 80 wines were entered, and all were made entirely with Virginia grapes, with 75 percent required to be from Loudoun.

            In addition to the 14 gold winners, another 57 Loudoun wines were awarded silver medals. You can sample your choice of all the winning wines at the Grand Tasting reception before the ceremony begins.

            The Loudoun Wine Awards Dinner takes place Friday Oct. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Tickets for the dinner are $89 per person and include the grand tasting reception, the awards ceremony and dinner. Register at 2019wineawards.eventbrite.com